Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers said Wednesday they would all resign in protest at the ousting of four of their colleagues who were judged a threat to national security by China.
Addressing a press conference, Wu Chi-wai, convener of the 15 remaining pro-democracy legislators, said they will stand in solidarity with their colleagues and will resign en masse.
The move marks another blow to Hong Kong’s struggling pro-democracy movement, which has been under sustained attack since China imposed a sweeping national security law
Earlier Wednesday, Hong Kong authorities ousted the four members minutes after one of China’s top lawmaking committees ruled that the city’s government could remove any legislator deemed a threat to national security without going through the courts.
News Analysts say the resignations will reduce the semi-autonomous city’s legislature to a gathering of Chinese central government loyalists, effectively ending pluralism in the chamber.